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Rhode Island considers separate diplomas for standardized tests

The education system is facing a huge push for reform as some government officials have been keeping a close eye on student progression. Since the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act, standardized testing has become a requirement for public schools, as results allow analysts to determine exactly what a student is learning in their curriculum.

However, the state of Rhode Island is considering holding students accountable for their standardized test scores. According to the Providence Journal, starting with the class of 2012, students will receive one of three diplomas, depending on how they score on standardized math and English tests.

Students who pass the test the first time junior year will receive a diploma, while those who show significant improvement during their retake will also receive a diploma. Those pupils who do not show an improvement on the test will be given certificates instead.

These certificates are known as the "Honors," "Regents" and "Rhode Island" diploma. Rhode Island is not the first state to do this kind of diploma ranking, the state of New York has a similar system in place for its high school students.